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Google+ v9.3 reveals plan to move Location Sharing to Google Maps and make a more useful cropping tool [APK Teardown]

This week has been busy with updates, but many are just checking bugs off the list before everybody takes off a couple of weeks for the holidays. The web interface was given adjustments for how frequently Recommended and Trending posts are shown, and there are now better recommendations and a new horizontally scrollable view on the mobile site, but only the improved recommendations made it over to the app (so far). The interesting part of the apk update is in the teardown, which confirms plans to relocate the location sharing feature to Google Maps. There is also evidence of a new improved image cropping tool in the works.

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Facebook announces global rollout of new 'native camera' for Messenger

Users of Facebook Messenger have been seeing a new camera tool pop up in recent weeks, but it wasn't consistent or widely available. Now, Facebook is rolling this feature out to everyone in Messenger. The so-called native camera is easier to access and it has a ton of effects and filters. I'm told by some young people that it's much more like Snapchat now.

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Lenovo's funky Yoga Book laptop will get a Chrome OS option next year

The Yoga Book is definitely one of the most interesting and divisive laptop designs to come out in a while - users either love or hate its touchscreen/keyboard deck hook. To a digital artist its integrated "Create Pad" is a godsend, but a mechanical keyboard fan probably sees its integrated haptic key layout as sacrilege. Either way, you'll soon have more options if you want to check out that unique hardware: a Lenovo executive told a Tom's guide reporter that the Yoga Book would be sold in a Chrome OS model in 2017.

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[Deal Alert] Get $15 off Google's new Holiday Sweater Live Cases today with coupon code [Update: Works on all Live Cases]

It is apparently Ugly Sweater Day (the third Friday in December), and Google is getting in the holiday spirit by offering up some new holiday Live Cases with a nice little discount. The Holiday Sweater cases can be had for $15 off. That's $25 instead of the usual $40.

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The TWRP team releases official app for the popular custom recovery

If you're like me and have spent entirely too much time flashing ROMs and such over the years, then you know about TWRP. The Team Win Recovery Project took over what ClockworkMod started all those years ago. It's powerful, versatile, and supports a huge list of devices. Well, now you can add an official app from the team to the board of everything they offer (for free).

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The Honor Magic is a curvy little smartphone with AI smarts, but it's only for China right now

At an event in China today, Huawei's Honor sub-brand announced the Honor Magic (not to be confused with the venerable HTC Magic). This device has the fewest corners of any phone in recent memory thanks to a curved AMOLED display and rounded chassis. Honor is also talking up this phone's AI capabilities and a new fast-charging technology.

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Google's pop-up Pixel store in NYC is handing out adorable ugly sweaters for your Pixel

If you're in New York City in the next week and own a Google Pixel (or plan on ordering one), you should stop by the Made By Google pop-up location on Mercer Street at Spring in SoHo. Unless you don't want an adorable ugly sweater for your phone, you monster. Google is using a 3D printer knitting machine and yarn to make the little phone garments, and if you're among the first 150 to get one today  you could also get a full-sized human ugly sweater like the one in the hero image above.

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A month after spyware story, BLU resumes sales of its $50 smartphone on Amazon

Almost a month ago to the day, it was revealed by The New York Times that BLU - a smartphone manufacturer that largely sells rebranded handsets from Southeast Asia in the US - was among a group of smartphone OEMs with software on their devices sending private user data like text messages back to a company in China. The offending software's behavior was quickly patched with an OTA update to the phone, but the damage, it seemed, was done. BLU and the company who created the software both claim the data theft was entirely accidental, and that all user data the company in China received was promptly deleted.

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[Deal Alert] Star Wars Pinball 4, Mind Games Pro, and more all $0.10 on the Play Store

If you're looking for new games or applications to try out this weekend, you're in luck. A number of popular applications are on sale for $0.10 (or the local equivalent) on the Play Store. First up is Star Wars Pinball 4, from developer Zen Studios. Not only is the base game $0.10, but all the in-app purchases for additional tables are 50% off as well.

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BlackBerry signs deal making TCL (owner of Alcatel brand) its exclusive global hardware manufacturer

BlackBerry made big news when it finally decided to embrace Android and released the Priv. However, that would end up being the only Android phone Blackberry itself would ever make. It has sold two others since then, both re-branded Alcatel phones manufactured by TCL. Now, BlackBerry has decided to make TCL its exclusive manufacturing partner across most of the globe.

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